So, I know that most of you are probably caramel apple people.
But I mentioned during Caramel Apple Week that I am more of a Candy Apple person, but I’d never made them myself, which is sort of a shame but honestly I’m fearful of recipes requiring a thermometer.
Involving thermometers just seems kind of sciencey, which everyone knows I am allergic to, along with sweat, nature, the color orange, and television shows that are supposed to teach me stuff.
Anyways — I decided to get over the whole thermometer thing and give Candy Apples a try. I love them, but refuse to go to the Fair (I’m also allergic to livestock and carnies), so I really needed to get a handle on the situation.
What can be better than Candy Apples whenever you want?
Most of the recipes I found online involved melting Jolly Ranchers or Red Hots, which wasn’t what I was looking for. After combining a few recipes and adding a few changes of my own (and burning my hand with melted candy….not a good thing), I came up with a perfect and fool proof recipe.
And by fool proof, I mean that not only can you not mess these up, but you should not permit fools to eat them.
That would just be a shameful waste.
Here’s a cute little video I made to show you just how easy they are! You can do it!!
- 8 Granny Smith Apples, washed and dried completely, with stems removed
- 8 Candy Apple Sticks (much sturdier than regular skewers)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon Oil
- Few drops red food coloring
- Insert sticks into the top of each apple. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray heavily with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you're unsure about the temperature of your candy, drop a bit in a class of cold water. If it hardens immediately and easily breaks in half, it's ready. If it sinks to the bottom and is pliable, it needs to cook a bit longer.
- Remove from heat and immediately stir in the cinnamon oil and red food coloring. CAREFULLY dip apples in the coating and place on lined baking sheet to harden.
[donotprint]You can purchase Candy Apple Sticks HERE
You can purchase Cinnamon Oil HERE
You can purchase a candy thermometer HERE
The coating on these is perfect — not too thick or hard to bite into, with just the right amount of cinnamon.
I hope you love them!!
Enjoy and have a happy Monday!![/donotprint]